Rat Film – Trailer

Coming soon is a documentary that takes a look at life in a city from the unique perspective of the much maligned creature that is the rat. Across walls, fences, and alleys, rats not only expose our boundaries of separation but make homes in them. “Rat Film”is a feature-length documentary that uses the rat—as well as the humans that love them, live with them, and kill them-to explore the history of Baltimore. “There’s never been a rat problem in Baltimore, it’s always been a people problem.”

The creative push behind the film comes from director Theo Anthony. Rat Film is a project that he is using to push the boundaries of the documentary genre He states ” My documentary work challenges the journalistic role of
presenting an objective account of experience. I am interested in making films that explore how subjective
reality is commodified to fit outsider’s narratives of consumption and production. I want to understand how this
process is used to anesthetize pain, to eliminate accountability, and how the divisions of artist and subject
in film production mimic larger capitalist modes of exploitation. I want to make films that use a familiar
visual language that can simultaneously speak to and challenge these histories of representation.”

Rat Film premiered at the Locarno film festival and will now be released across the USA after an opening stint in New York and Los Angeles. An international release is arranged for later in the year.

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